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Connemara is the largest Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) region in the country.
Wild Connemara Guided Tour
Connemara has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for centuries. Let it capture yours….
Wild Connemara Guided Bike Tour
6 days / 5 nights, guided tour.
Our Wild Connemara Guided tour is a splendid bike tour of Connemara’s remote back roads. Here the magnificent landscapes consist of some of the most dramatic settings in the West of Ireland. Enjoy off the beaten track routes and spectacular cycling. It features fresh seafood and local produce as well as an array of wonderful accommodations.
The introductory drive we take to the heart of Connemara from Galway City has been described as one of the top ten drives in the world (Conde Nast Traveller) and our journey gets better from there!
DAY 1: Untamed Landscapes
After arrival in Galway, we transfer to the heart of Connemara, where your tour begins. En-route we visit the carefully restored Aughanure Castle. You will also learn of Grainuaile, Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland’s west. Her family castle ruins dominate the coastline from Ballyconneeley to Achill Island. We arrive in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice. Here we have an introductory briefing and bike fit out.
DAY 2: Seascapes and Stunning Coastline
An early morning start takes us to Roundstone village. Described the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop. This is the home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay. We follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, the region’s longest established smokehouse. We then take the scenic ‘bog road’ home – where sheep are our only distraction! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant specializing in local seafood. Overnight in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice.
Daily Miles: from 15 miles, with longer routes from 22 – 37 miles.
DAY 3: Carpe Diem
This morning you have time to relax and explore the little galleries, bookstores and shops of Clifden. Optional activities today include golf or a pony riding. Others may choose to spend the morning or afternoon fly fishing at Ballynahinch Castle. Heading out, we bike the Sky Road on our way to Connemara National Park and Letterfrack village/ We arrive at the splendid neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey in time for a home baked lunch. We continue through the Lough Inagh Valley – described as one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland or to the Renvyle Penninsula, a vista of pink and purple, wild fuchsia, and ocean. Overnight at Lough Inagh Valley or Renvyle Peninsula depending on your accommodation choice. Daily Miles: from 19 miles, with the average miles to day covering 32- 45 miles. Extensions available.
DAY 4: Sand, Sea and Sky.
This morning’s ride takes you through a stunning vistas of peatlands, lakes, and forests and around the Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. Passing through Tully Cross village and onward by Lettergesh beach we spin through some amazing landscapes. We also have the opportunity to stop by an area of bog. Here you will see where peat is still cut and harvested by local farmers. We spend tonight in Leenane village. Here you have the opportunity to celebrate the day at the Connemara Seaweed Baths, one of the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland.
Daily miles: Day’s average 22 miles with extensions up to 42 miles.
Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Immerse yourself in your surrounds this morning. We spin through a mountain pass between Mweelrea, Connemara’s highest mountain and the Sheefry Hills. We reach Louisburgh, a quiet, traditional village in time for lunch. We then continue westward along the beautiful shoreline of Clew Bay. This afternoon offers the opportunity to climb the famous holy mountain of Croagh Mountain in county Mayo. Otherwise we recommend adding an extra day in Westport and allowing time to do this climb. The hike up the 784m mountain offers fantastic views of Clew Bay where you will see Ireland’s best example of sunken drumlins. Cycle onward to the lively heritage town of Westport, a charming planned town with a unique blend of the old and new, where you will spend tonight. Daily Miles: days average miles 22, with optional challenging extension ride over the Sheefry Hills.
DAY 6: Slán go fóill!
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Westport to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.
This trip includes
- 5 nights Accommodations
- Breakfasts on tour days
- 4 evening dinners
- Experienced tour guides
- Support vehicle and luggage transfer
- Courtesy fruit & snacks
- Guided tours of select locations
- Daily briefing on tour routes,
- Points of interest and safety issues
- 24 Speed hybrid bikes
- Detailed maps and tour directions
What’s not included?
This trip does not include
- Items of a personal nature including Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry, Personal Telephone calls
- Daily Lunch
- Water Bottles
- Transfers to and from tour start point
- Transfers between hotels
Dates and Pricing
2020 Dates to be confirmed
If your date preference is not listed above, we would be happy to accommodate you with an individually tailored custom trip! Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
CycleWest has carefully selected a range of lodges, hotels and castles to compliment your stay in the west of Ireland. Our Charming Inns option is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small private hotels which have been carefully chosen due to their warm welcomes, quality accommodation or food. If you choose our Luxe accommodation, you will be staying in award-winning castle hotels and country houses.
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- Average Daily Mileage: 25 Miles (40 km)
- Average Daily Mileage with Optional Alternatives: 37 Miles (59 km)
- If you have any questions about the terrain covered on this tour, the fitness levels which would be required or our optional extra rides, feel free to contact us at email@example.com!
Tour Start and End Points:
Tour starts in Clifden, Co Galway.
Tour Ends in Westport, Co Mayo.
Arrival and Departure details will be provided in your pre-trip planning package,
CycleWest has carefully selected a range of lodges, hotels and castles to compliment your stay in the west of Ireland. Our Charming Inns option is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small private hotels which have been carefully chosen due to their warm welcomes, quality accommodation or food. If you choose our Luxe accommodation, you will be staying in award winning castle hotels and country houses.
The Quay House Clifden is an example of our Charming Inns range of lodges. A restored 19th century harbor master’s house in Clifden, Connemara, this unique hotel is well known for its wonderful interiors, award winning breakfasts and excellent hospitality.
Set beneath the tewlve bens mountain range in a historic residence which dates back to the 17th century Ballynahinch Castle Hotel combines both the laid back luxury and stunning surroundings which are characteristic of our Luxe accommodations.